Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has given his support to suggestions that the Premier League champions elect are ‘boring’ and has accused Jose Mourinho of persistently ‘putting the handbrake’ on his team.
Chelsea will win the title by beating Crystal Palace on Sunday and will bring the coveted trophy back to Stamford Bridge for the first time in five years with three games of the campaign remaining.
However, Chelsea’s relatively uncontested run to glory has been criticised of late, particularly after last weekend’s goalless draw with Arsenal, with detractors highlighting the functional yet un-aesthetic style implemented by Mourinho.
The Chelsea manager has responded in typically caustic style claiming that 10 years without a league triumph - in direct reference to Arsenal - is far more boring than romping to the title in resolute fashion.
But Gullit has backed the criticism of Chelsea and believes the players at the club deserve to play in a system that enables them to flourish, rather than one that is not particularly ambitious or fluid.
“After a great, attractive first half of the season, Jose Mourinho put the handbrake on,” Gullit told The Mirror.
“His team is boring when, in my opinion, the players he has deserve much better. Mourinho deserves his negative label because of the calculated way he makes Chelsea play.
“I find it astonishing, because his players are capable of brilliant football, as we saw on Wednesday for a brief moment when they were losing 1-0 at Leicester and were suddenly forced to put their foot on the accelerator.”
It is hard to argue with the assertion that Chelsea are ‘boring’ and it has led to much debate as to what fans really want - to enjoy winning or to enjoy watching their team play.
Chelsea supporters will, of course, say they have the best of both worlds as winning football is enjoyable football, and that is just the way Mourinho likes it.
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